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Rice email reveals Obama, Comey & Yates held Oval Office meeting on Russian collusion before Trump’s Inauguration

Former FBI Director James Comey sworn in to testify at a hearing in Washington

Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in before testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

FBI Director James Comey held a secret meeting with President Barack Obama inside the Oval Office two weeks before Trump’s inauguration, and may have deliberately misled Congress regarding the meeting, according to an email sent by National Security Advisor Susan Rice to herself.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Lindsey Graham, as part of their efforts to conduct oversight of the FBI and Department of Justice, discovered a partially unclassified email Rice sent to herself on January 20, 2017.

According to Grassley and Graham, Rice appears to have used this email to document a January 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting between then-President Obama, former FBI Director James Comey, and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates regarding Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Ambassador Rice wrote: “President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book’.  The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective.  He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.”

In a follow-up email to Ambassador Rice, Grassley and Graham wrote: “It strikes us as odd that, among your activities in the final moments on the final day of the Obama administration, you would feel the need to send yourself such an unusual email purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama and his interactions with the FBI regarding the Trump/Russia investigation.  In addition, despite your claim that President Obama repeatedly told Mr. Comey to proceed ‘by the book,’ substantial questions have arisen about whether officials at the FBI, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed ‘by the book.’”

Grassley and Graham have requested Rice answer a set of questions by February 22, 2018 so “the committee may further assess the situation.”

(Crusader Journal Staff)

 

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